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Last Will and Testament of Sterling Gardner


Upson County, Georgia Will Book A p. 76-77

        State of Georgia }  In the name of God Amen
        Upson County     }  I Sterling Gardner of the County & State aforesaid
        do make & ordain this my last Will & Testament hereby revoking
        all others.

           I direct that my body be buried in a decent & respectable
        manner, and that all my just debts be spioily paid.
  Item  I give & bequeath to me beloved daughter Sarah Moss the sum
        of One hundred dollars, to her, her heirs & asignes forever.
  Item  I give & bequeath to Mary T. Caroline C & Alabama Gardner
        heirs of my beloved Son Thomas Gardner deceased, the sum of
        one hundred dollars to be equally divided between them
        to them, their heirs & assignes forever.
  Item  I give & bequeath to Rebecka Ann Jordan and Richard Washington
        Heath heirs of my beloved daughter Elizabeth Heath dec'd
        the sum of one hundred dollars to be equally divided between
        them. to them, their heirs & assignes forever.
  Item  I give & bequeath to James T Persons. Syntha Joiner and
        Elizabeth Hooge heirs of my beloved daughter Martha Persons
        deceased the sum of four hundred & fifty dollars to be equally
        divided between them. to them, their heirs & assignes forever.
  Item  I give & bequeath to Lewis & Sterling S. Pitts heirs of my
        beloved daughter Nancy Pitts deceased the sum of One hundred
        dollars to be equally divided between them, to them their
        heirs & assignes forever
  Item  I give & bequeath to my beloved daughter Precisilla Ivy the
        sum of one hundred dollars, to her, her heirs & assignes forever.
  Item  I give & bequeath to my beloved daughter Susanah Jenkins the
        sum of one hundred dollars, to her, her heirs & assignes forever.
  Item  I give & bequeath to my beloved daughter Frances Stafford the sum
        of fifty dollars, to her, her heirs & assignes forever.
  Item  I give & bequeath to Sicero Sterling, Susanah Frances & Sarah Gibson
        heirs of my beloved daughter Mary Gibson deceased one note of hand
        that I now hold against the estate of Thomas Gibson deceased with
        in trust thereon, and the further sum of two hundred dollars to be
        equally divided between them by my Execator or they severally
        become of lawful age, to them, their heirs & assignes forever.
  Item  The residue of my estate not already disposed of I direct my
        Exacutor to divide into four equal parts or Morties. One part
        thereof I give & bequeath to my beloved son John Gardner, to him
        his heirs & assignes forever.
  Item  And one part thereof to my beloved daughter Caroline C. Smith
        to her, her heirs & assignes forever.
  Item  One part thereof to the heirs of my beloved son Sterling Gardner
        deceased to be equally divided between them, to them, their heirs
        and assignes forever.
  Item  And one part thereof to Augustis W. Sterling S. Elizabeth Ann
        Thomas L. and Reubin Rogers, heirs of my beloved daughter
        Frances Rogers now Frances Stafford to be equally divided
        between them, to them, their heirs & assignes forever.
  Item  I direct that as soon as my estate can be settled & a division
        **** that my Executors pay over to all the above mentioned
        heirs that have become of lawful age or married then aupichue
        portions, and to retain in their hands the remainder of the Lagacie,
        or portions of those that have not become of lawful age, until they
        do become of lawful age and then pay them oui then repichue
        parts without interest.
 Lastly I hereby constitute & appoint my Son John Gardner and
        Laurence Smith Executors of this my last will & testamment.
              In testmony whenof I have hereunto set my hand
              & affixed my Seal this 2*th March 1843.
        William Willis   }
        A. W. Stafford   }        Sterling Gardner
        Janice M. Willis }

        State of Georgia }  Inferior Court Settins for Ordinary Purposes
        Upson County     }        March Term 1848
                       The within last Will & Testament of Sterling Gardner
        deceased having been duly proven at this Regular Term in Open Court
        upon the oath of William Willis are of the subscribing witness
        to said will.  It is ordered that the same be a omitted to
        record and that letters Testamentary issue to John Gardner are
        of the Executors namedin said will.
        Attest**                                 William Trice   J.J.C.
           Wm Aloff C.M. C.O.                    William Lowe    J.J.C.